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M Winkworth PLC's (LON:WINK) Stock Has Fared Decently: Is the Market Following Strong Financials?

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M Winkworth's (LON:WINK) stock is up by 4.1% over the past week. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. Specifically, we decided to study M Winkworth's ROE in this article.

Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

Check out our latest analysis for M Winkworth

How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

The formula for ROE is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for M Winkworth is:

39% = UK£2.4m ÷ UK£6.2m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each £1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made £0.39 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or "retains", and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.

A Side By Side comparison of M Winkworth's Earnings Growth And 39% ROE

To begin with, M Winkworth has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Additionally, the company's ROE is higher compared to the industry average of 10% which is quite remarkable. Probably as a result of this, M Winkworth was able to see a decent net income growth of 6.2% over the last five years.

Given that the industry shrunk its earnings at a rate of 3.6% in the same period, the net income growth of the company is quite impressive.

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Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. If you're wondering about M Winkworth's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is M Winkworth Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

The high three-year median payout ratio of 77% (or a retention ratio of 23%) for M Winkworth suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of its income to its shareholders.

Moreover, M Winkworth is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years.

Summary

Overall, we are quite pleased with M Winkworth's performance. In particular, its high ROE is quite noteworthy and also the probable explanation behind its considerable earnings growth. Yet, the company is retaining a small portion of its profits. Which means that the company has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's not too bad. With that said, on studying the latest analyst forecasts, we found that while the company has seen growth in its past earnings, analysts expect its future earnings to shrink. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company's fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst's forecasts page for the company.

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